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Jon Fossoway

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  1. No. A lot of characters from the first book were just dropped by George. Remember that the first 3 books differ much in structure than the latter, where characters did tend to return. In the first one there were a lot of one time hit wonders.
  2. I dnn't think this deserves much in-case-study. It's a metaphor for the three, comparing them to one another, not to the rest of the characters in world: Stannis is indeed the most rigid of the three; Robert, at his prime, is the strongest; Renly is the most florid (thus, the most charismatic, even more than Robert, possibly). Noye worked at Storm's End and had a good look at the three brothers.
  3. Sending someone to bargain on Tyrion's safety is a rational thing to do, but we're talking about Tywin Lannister here. Any slander to his family is responded in force. Even if it's about Tyrion.
  4. Skagos is met, in the books, via third parties' account and rumours. The truth may be much simpler: insular people, more akin to the mountains clans than inland northerners, etc. I don't think unicorns are common there, but they should exist in the property of skagosson nobles. These beasts are hardly known even in Essos, so I don't see any reason they are common in Skagos.
  5. As a dude, get close to a high lord and toss and coin, expecting your children will jump into prominence. On this, I am thinking about Clegane and his offspring, and Kettleblack and the white cloaks that are his kids. Of course, you can't really trust Gregor or the Kettleblack brothers will maintain the momentum, before being imprisoned or turned into zombies...
  6. On a nerdish note, Arya always reminded me of Alita, the manga (GUNMNN) character: kinda small (if you compare her height to her enemies') but very agile. Alita also has some artstic gymnastic moves (to which I can also compare Arya's 'water dance').
  7. I didn't found him unlikeable as a character. Certainly, GRRM had the intention of furthering Arianne's plot with him. Without the 5 years gap, which presumably -at least, to me- would have made Ned Dayne the Sword of the Morning, 'tis now p to Gerold Dayne to steal it and do some harm. But, honestly, reading some of Arianne's chapters, which I don't remember even mentioning him, well, who knows...
  8. A kinda naive presented topic, but sure, there are a lot of 'strong women' in GRRM's works, and in ASOIAF aswell. As for your picks, I would doubt about Lyanna, since her personality has been described with several (often) contradictory terms. 'Stubborn' comes to me more quickly than 'strong'. I would also set in Alysanne Blackwood, who married Cregan Stark. There is little known about their relationship but I am curious on how it was between this fierce, fearless woman with a bawdy tongue and good ol' stern Stark, who had half the realm narrowing its butt cheeks in the Hour of the Wolf. I reaaally would like GRRM to further more words on this explosive couple.
  9. Sure, if you are invested in world building and like the Targaryen history. It does expand a lot on the latter.
  10. GRRM has had experience writing scripts for shows in the past. I haven't heard any opinions of his part about tv, but for all I read of his works (which is nearly all asoiaf' and his weird sci-fi stories) I feel he likes it. Popular shows and sci-fi flicks. As for the cliffhangers I wouldn't know. GRRM is a prolific writer and apparently tends to produce a lot of pages when 'gardening' his subplot, so I don't think he ends a book with a cliff hanger: he and/or the team cut in some particular places of the output so the material can fit into the original 7 book idea. Which I believe it will fail.
  11. A caution for young girls, by Coryanne Wylde. Must be the equivalent of Marquis de Sade in westeros.
  12. Yep, I haven't heard of any 'Stannis is the big bad wolf in the story' theory yet. My idea is that Stannis WILL die at some point near. GRRM has been frequently describing his physical appearance, and although it matches his personality (stern, rigid, no-bullshit, etc) he also has been particularily attentive to his looks in Dance: he's becoming thinner, his eyes appears to have sunk into his eye sockets. It's like he is slowly fading as his army is, marching to Winterfell amidst snows and cold. But I don't think he'll become the Night King, nor any figure related to ice. He's been 'fathering' shadows (fire magic) and has been supporting a fire related religion nearly from the start of the saga. Who knows? Maybe somehow, if he truly comes back as anything, he'll come back as a Lady Stoneheart kinda character?
  13. Jon Cupps to Leyla Hightower. I wonder what's up with that couple, because almost non existant information was provided. Maybe a small subplot later on?
  14. Fire & Blood is a retell of a story, in which characters are described in a broad way, also subjected to the pen of the maester. What we know of Brienne is told by people who actually saw her, interacted with her, and mostly on her own, so you'll get a more 'organic' point of view, whereas these 'warrior women' of the past are painted depending on: a. their relation with the crown, b. their deeds, c. gossip. Who knows? Maybe, if the War of the Five Kings is retold by some maester of the future, Brienne of Tarth may be described as a 'powerful warrior, a woman who could beat many knights yadda yadda' but of course, leaving out all the insecurities and harsh life Brienne had to get through. Or, for example the obvious lesbian Black Aly, who was also a warrior woman who, in the end, put others interests above her own and married some grave and stern northern lord. Alysanne is often looked as a neat and cool character but, again, who knows? maybe she lead an unhappy life in the north, away from her Frey lover, gave up her more active days of riding horses, hunting and whatever else she liked and took solace on her 4ish daughters. In the end, I don't think there's a cultural regression on course. Since GRRM tells his stories from POVs we can only triangulate what's the deal with singular characters not the broad society.
  15. I think Garlan is being built up to take a part in Winds. He's proven to be a powerful commander (during the Blackwater), has gained recently a lordship, and every time he appears he literally does nothing wrong. He's just too good on all levels. Given that Mace is an oaf (as described by Olenna Tyrell) I suspect he will come into conflict with his father about some issue. He could also come in conflict with his brother Loras, since the latter has been doing crap lately, firstly by murdering some highborn from prominent families (among them, the Royces) out of blind rage and doing some kamikaze storming of Dragonstone that probably costed thousands of lives. And [probably] his own. Willas is another dude who is always described as intelligent, neat and an apt heir. Again, unlike his oaf of a father, he may take some part in the 'refounding' of Tyrell inner dynamics. Besides, Mace, in King's Landing is also doing crappy stuff and to me he is sitting his ass down right into a snake den. And will get bit. Olenna is a looming figure above all of these dudes. Wouldn't surprise me, but I'd certainly enjoy, that she comes up with more scheeming. The 'unity' of the Tyrells has been certainly strong, but I do think some inner conflict will come, breaking that unity, debilitating their grip on the Reach and making it easier for the 'friends in the Reach' to join Aegon Targaryen and begin the second leg of this tour named 'Landing of the Golden Company'. Since they already landed.
  16. Fair enough, but this is a world where kids are thrown into heavy responsibilities early on in their lives. Eddard was a prominent figure in a rebellion against the crown at 19 yrs old, same as Bob. By 'sheltering' I understand that Eddard, unlike Rickard Stark, had no intentions of repeating the southern amibitioning which brought so many deaths to the realm, so he did favoured an education based on keeping it safe and secure up north.
  17. Darkstar will definitely going to steal it.
  18. This. An overprotective parent may look as a loving father on the outside (and don't get me wrong, they are loving parents deep down and on the surface), but that too produces damage on the children. The other side of the coin would Randyll Tarly.
  19. I came to mention this guy. Bumped into his artwork through Facebook (to be honest, I just watched the 1000 worlds reviews by Jacobs, so I didn't know he used Mico's depictions in his videos aswell). I think he captures fairly well some characters; the rest are just cool. As an addenda: the depictions of the fight between Rhaegar Targaryen and Bobby Baratheon are generally awesome.
  20. Cerwyns for sure. They have been noted, in the worldbook, to be one of the closest Houses to Stark. I think there are 2 or 3 characters described as 'friends' to some specific Starks aswell. So they have a history of closeness.
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